Houston Texans fans can only hope that this is a good omen: The Associated Press—and that awesome photo, above, from Beyoncé’s Tumblr—confirms that the Houstonian will be the halftime entertainment at Super Bowl XLVII on February 3, 2013, in New Orleans.
As the AP’s Meskin Fekadu originally reported, “a source familiar with the Super Bowl told the Associated Press the Grammy-winning diva will take the stage at the halftime show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because that person wasn’t authorized to publicly reveal the information.”
As Fekadu noted, Beyonc é previously graced the big game as the national anthem singer in 2004, when Super Bowl XXXVIII took place at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.
The AP writer was also quick to speculate that, given the Super Bowl halftime tradition of big guest stars, Beyonc é’s performance “could likely include husband-rapper Jay-Z and her Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.”
Entertainment Weekly’s Erin Strecker also played the speculation game, adding Tina Turner and a Michael Jackson hologram (!) to the wish list, while joking that the game would be the perfect time for Blue Ivy’s performing debut.
“I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Destiny’s Child are the only contemporaries that have a shot at an appearance,” Strecker conceded.
But there was also other Houston/Super Bowl-related news on Tuesday.
As John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported, the city, the Texans and Reliant are in the running to host Super Bowl LI (that’s “51”) in 2017.
Miami (technically Miami Gardens) and San Francisco (technically Santa Clara) are the two cities in the mix for Super Bowl L in 2016, and whichever market doesn’t get that game will go up against Houston for the next year’s contest.
As McClain noted, Houston also held the game in 1974, and